Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) on Monday urged the government to lift the police siege of the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office and allow her to walk free.
CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim came up with the call at a joint press conference organised by CPB-BSD at the CPB central office at Paltan.
Observing that a ghostly situation prevails in the country, he said the conflicts between the two major parties have pushed the country’s democracy on the brink of destruction. “But the country can’t run this way.”
Police confined the BNP chief to her Gulshan political office around 11:30pm on Saturday, forcing her to spend two nights there.
A number of vehicles, including sand-and-brick-laden ones, have been kept at different locations around the office, restricting the movement of any mode of vehicle.
Police barred the BNP chief from coming out of the office on Monday afternoon.
Khaleda came down to the main gate of the office around 3:48pm in her bid to get out of it, but she could not as police kept the gate under lock and key.
Meanwhile, aggrieved BNP leaders and activists on the office premises chanted various slogans against the government.
As they started hitting the gate in an apparent bid to break it open, police used pepper spray to disperse them.
BSD general secretary Khalequzzaman and CPB general secretary Syed Abu Jafar Ahmed were, among others, present at the pres conference.